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Old 19th December 2007, 03:39   #1
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Winamp 5.51 Released

Winamp 5.51 Full (English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Swedish lang support)
Winamp 5.51 Full (US English installer)
Winamp 5.51 Pro (Intl. Pro Installer, asks for key during install)
Winamp 5.51 Pro (US English Pro installer, asks for key during install)
Winamp 5.51 Lite (basic 2.x-style mp3/cd player)

Winamp 5.51
* New: Autoplay Handlers for Audio, MP3 and Video CD's on WinXP & Vista
* New: Default Programs registration for installations on Windows Vista
* New: Optional Constant-Q Equalizer and optional ISO Standard frequency bands
* New: [in_flv] Flash Video decoder (vp6 only, not h.263)
* Improved: Browser download manager now uses CD Ripping destination folder
* Improved: Deletion of embedded album art via Artwork tab in File Info
* Improved: More accurately translated Language Packs
* Improved: More miscellaneous UI/dialog tweaks & improvements
* Improved: Option to set the number of pixels to scroll for modern songticker
* Improved: [Gracenote/MusicID] Better error checking & memory cache optimizations
* Improved: [gen_ff] More miscellaneous freeform skinning engine optimizations
* Improved: [gen_hotkeys] Added optional WM_APPCOMMAND support for media keys
* Improved: [gen_hotkeys] Added increase + decrease rating on current track
* Improved: [in_dshow] Reading of length and bitrate for non-default video formats
* Improved: [in_flac] Optimized disk caching for increased performance
* Improved: [in_mp3] Better optimization for older Pentium Pro/2/3 cpu's
* Improved: [in_mp3] Support for reading ALBUM ARTIST field if TPE2 not present
* Improved: [in_mp4] Better Unicode support and metadata read optimizations
* Improved: [in_mp4] Optimized disk caching/reading
* Improved: [in_vorbis] Support for reading YEAR field if DATE not present
* Improved: [ml_disc/in_cdda] Disc reading tweaks and other general optimizations
* Improved: [ml_history] New tracking control options
* Improved: [ml_local] Added column for BPM
* Improved: [ml_local] Album column sorting order logic
* Improved: [ml_local] Better playlist handling
* Improved: [ml_local] Bumped track# metadata guessing limit from 130 to 999
* Improved: [ml_local] Database query and memory optimizations
* Improved: [ml_pmp] Support for drag&drop from Explorer into portable device view
* Improved: [ml_transcode] Prompt to delete aborted transcodes
* Fixed: Artwork not found if .nfo filename contains a period
* Fixed: ASX Parser converting all stream links in .asx playlists to upper case
* Fixed: Classic songticker wraparound glitchiness
* Fixed: Dragging/scrolling of songticker text after resize
* Fixed: Global Hotkeys list destroyed when changing language packs
* Fixed: Gracenote CDDB Editor genre selection glitches
* Fixed: Gracenote/MusicID not using Winamp's proxy setting
* Fixed: Parsing of ansi ASX playlists containing non-standard characters
* Fixed: Restore from System Tray if previously closed in a minimized state
* Fixed: Setup resetting desktop icons :-o
* Fixed: Spectrum vis incompatibility crash with some 3rd-party input plugins
* Fixed: Truetype replacement font alignment in Winamp Modern winshade songticker
* Fixed: Various miscellaneous keyboard shortcut issues
* Fixed: Winamp Agent registry entry typo (wianmpa.exe)
* Fixed: [Bento] Collapse/Expand Playlist not respecting 'Show Album Art' setting
* Fixed: [gen_ff] Potential high CPU usage of songticker object
* Fixed: [gen_ff] TrueType replacement font change not updating in real-time
* Fixed: [gen_hotkeys] Restore from minimized state whilst About dialog is open
* Fixed: [gen_ml] Blank ML when restarting Winamp from a minimized state
* Fixed: [gen_ml] Cancelling Online Media password prompt clears password & filters
* Fixed: [in_dshow] Miscalculation of some mpeg video lengths
* Fixed: [in_flac] Divide-by-zero crash on corrupt files
* Fixed: [in_mp3] Deleting Lyrics3 tag in Alt+3 Editor also deletes ID3v1 tag
* Fixed: [in_mp3] Handling of ID3v2 with bad version/revision #'s
* Fixed: [in_mp3] ID3v2 parsing crash with some mp3's
* Fixed: [in_mp3] ID3v2 tag not showing when ID3v1 tag reading is disabled in config
* Fixed: [in_mp3] MPEG Info not showing in Alt+3 for files with large ID3v2 tags
* Fixed: [in_mp3] Now only reads first ID3v2 tag if more than one is present
* Fixed: [in_mp3] Winamp UI freezes when loading certain corrupt mp3's
* Fixed: [in_mp4] Playback of mp3 in mp4 container
* Fixed: [in_mp4] Seeking when paused
* Fixed: [in_mp4/jpeg.w5s] Crash when Art field is in metadata with no embedded art
* Fixed: [in_vorbis] UTF8->UTF16 optimized (fixes File Info delay bug)
* Fixed: [libmp4v2] Corrupt m4a's not playing, better handling of ones beyond repair
* Fixed: [ml_autotag] Crash when track isn't part of a disc, eg. internet-only releases
* Fixed: [ml_autotag] Stops processing when switching to another ml view
* Fixed: [ml_disc] CD view/titles not refreshing when ejecting old/inserting new CD
* Fixed: [ml_disc] Crash when using invalid strings in playlist filename generation
* Fixed: [ml_disc] No Burn button under some system configurations
* Fixed: [ml_disc/ml_pmp/ml_transcode] Processing of # in Destination Folder path
* Fixed: [ml_local] Artist column in descending order when sorting by Year
* Fixed: [ml_local] Down key in Search field not focusing the Simple View list
* Fixed: [ml_local] Last Updated, Album Gain & Podcast column sorting orders
* Fixed: [ml_local] Two filters always checkmarked in Edit View for Simple views
* Fixed: [ml_playlists] Shift+Enter hotkey to Enqueue playlist
* Fixed: [ml_plg] Crash when stopping Playlist Generator scan or resetting database
* Fixed: [ml_pmp] Column sorting orders
* Fixed: [ml_rg] Restore from minimized state whilst rg results dialog is open
* Fixed: [ml_transcode] Restore from minimized state whilst config dialog is open
* Fixed: [ml_wire] Podcasts not being downloaded if <title> includes carriage returns
* Fixed: [ml_wire] Lockup when encountering scripts in <description> field
* Fixed: [out_disk] Output folder always resetting to My Documents\My Music
* Fixed: [pmp_ipod] 'Add album art' option always checkmarked
* Fixed: [tataki] Potential crash when encountering an invalid/superficial error
* Fixed: [vis_milk2] Crash when exiting fullscreen back to attached Modern skin window
* Misc: Alt+3 Auto-Tag now saves Gracenote FileId and ExtData fields
* Misc: Double-click Stereo indicator to open Playback prefs (Bento & Modern skins)
* Misc: Installation is now prevented on Win9x
* Misc: Made Milkdrop2 the default vis plugin
* Misc: Split the Playback prefs into 3 tabs: Playback, Equalizer & Replay Gain
* Misc: Various installer setup & localization translation tweaks
* Misc: Various Bento skin fixes, tweaks and improvements
* Misc: Various Winamp Modern skin 5.5-related updates
* Misc: [ml_local] Removed deprecated 'Show album gain values' option in Prefs
* Updated: Bento skin #117
* Updated: Gracenote MusicID/CDDB v2.5.1
* Updated: libpng 1.2.22
* Updated: [vis_milk2] MilkDrop 2.0c



1. The new Flash Video Decoder (in_flv) only plays VP6 content.

It will not play files with older h.263 video content, such as the FLV videos on youtube.
The main reasons for this are:
i) We currently aren't licensed to decode h.263 (this may change in the future)
ii) AOL Video streams are switching to VP6 codec in an FLV container.

Please do not post here to ask why you only hear audio but see no video when trying to play FLV files from youtube (or similar sites).

If you require support for youtube style h.263 FLV playback, then you can either:
i) Choose not to install the FLV Decoder in the Installer Options, and use the known in_dshow workaround instead, or
ii) Install the FLV Decoder so that it handles AOL/Winamp FLV streams, and save/rename all your youtube FLV files with e.g. the .FLV1 extension, and add ;FLV1 to the in_dshow extension list instead.

2. Re: Optional Constant-Q Equalizer and optional ISO Standard frequency bands

Please refer to this page for further info:

3. Re: Option to set the number of pixels to scroll for modern songticker

You can find this new option via:
Winamp > Prefs > Skins > Modern Skins -> General tab:
Move text x pixels

It was hard-coded to 5 pixels in Winamp 5.5
but the new default value in 5.51 is 1 pixel.

A neat little trick is to set it to 0 pixels, which scrolls the same as 1 pixel except, if you're using the Modern Songticker Scrolling method, there'll be no delay on the bounce (ie. when it switches direction from left-to-right or vice-versa).

4. Album Art config still isn't implemented (refer to the 5.5 Released thread)

5. The simple offline CD Info Editor from 5.35 still hasn't been re-implemented :-(

6. Re: Improved: More accurately translated Language Packs

Of the lang packs included with the default distribution, the French, Dutch, German, Spanish & Polish packs have been greatly improved by the community. The Italian & Swedish packs have also received some updates since Winamp 5.5 release.

More Information About Language Packs: 1 | 2 | 3

7. The Winamp Toolbar option on the 'Get the Most Out of Winamp' page of the installer now also supports Firefox.


Reporting Bugs:

Please report any reproducable bugs in the Bug Reports forum.
Make sure your report is complete, according to the sticky threads in Bug Reports, ie.
Clean install, no 3rd-party plugins, list of plugins, full step-by-step method of reproduction, relevant system specs, exact error messages, screenshots, which skin (one of Classic, Modern, or Bento only, or all three), links to sample files, etc.
If error reports, screenshots, sample files, etc are smaller than 200kb, then please zip and attach them to your post. Otherwise, please upload to one of (recommended),, or and post the url (no rapidshare or imageshack or similar links please).
Note that incomplete/lame bug reports may be totally ignored.


Known Bugs/Issues:

-Flashing on restart if Winamp was previously closed whilst minimized to the systray.
This is a side-effect of the "Winamp won't restore from system tray" and/or "disappears from the Taskbar on restart when previously closed whilst minimized" fixes, and is currently the lesser of two evils. We hope to eventually fix it completely, maybe for 5.52

-Switching between language packs or from/to English (US) can lead to some of the online related media library tree items (effectively ml_orb and ml_online) losing their position and dropping to the bottom of the tree

-ml_autotag might return wrong results for some tracks if songs are not in the online Gracenote fingerprint database. Alas, there's not much that we can do about this....

-Auto-Tag results dialog is hidden under Winamp when Always On Top is enabled

-Winamp won't restore if minimized whilst Milkdrop & AVS config/about dialogs are open

-Drag+Drop from Bento skin Open Files Dialog clears the playlist instead of adding to it

-Playlist contents are blank when in docked toolbar mode and Winamp is minimized

* = fixed internally


Common Requests:

Commonly requested features taken from all of the 5.5 beta/final threads.
Feedback is welcome, though there's no need to keep making requests for any of these:
  • Bento skin: Vertically resizable main player area
  • Bento skin: Options to hide MCV Info Pane / tabs / etc
  • Bento skin: Options to detach vid/vis/other windows
  • Bento skin: Options to add/edit/remove tabs or rearrange windows/components
  • Gecko/other engine for Bento browser (instead of IE)
  • Winamp Modern skin: AlbumArt in Notifier
  • Winamp Modern skin: Any other missing new Bento features
  • Album Art window for classic skins (if possible?)
  • Lang pack updates for other locale translations
  • Same scrollbar/buttons for Playlist as ML
  • Select/Edit fields in Mass Autotagger results before updating
  • Publisher (or other fields) shown in AlbumArt Columns and/or Details view
  • Anything else already covered in the above notes, eg. AlbumArt config
  • Any other items already on the official Wishlist

Updates & Extras:

Color Editor 2.1.1
Check this thread for the latest installer - some feedback on Vista is required!.

Winamp Essentials Pack v5.51 | Mirror
* Added Winamp3-style Playlist Sidecar for Winamp Modern skin
* Added DrO's Time Restore & Autoplay v2.1.1
* Updated Lite-n (gen_nopro) to v1.4 (info)
* Updated Nullsoft Waveform Wrapper to v1.01 (info)
* Updated Skins In Submenu to v1.9.1 (More Info)
* Updated enc_vorbis to v1.1 for better localization support
* Removed deprecated ml_lite_n plugin (installer now auto deletes this on upgrades)
* Note: Language files are still incomplete (more info here)
* Otherwise, same as 5.35 EP
* Full Changelog

Official Bento skin Color Themes thread

Winamp Skin Development Pack v1.02
Includes updated maki libs (pldir.mi, std.mi)

Old Winamp 5.51 Beta thread
Old Winamp 5.5 Released thread
Old Winamp 5.5 Beta Preview 3 thread
Old Winamp 5.5 Beta Preview 2 thread
Old Winamp 5.5 Beta Preview 1 thread
Old Winamp 5.36 Beta Preview thread
Old Winamp 5.35 Released thread
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